Bruce A. Pasternack ME'68

Bruce A. PasternackBruce Pasternack is a former Partner at Venrock, a venture capital firm. Prior to this position, he was President and CEO of Special Olympics, Inc.

For 29 years, he was a Senior Vice President and San Francisco Managing Partner of Booz Allen Hamilton. He was also founding partner and leader of Booz Allen's firm-wide Organization and Strategic Leadership Center. Previously, he served as the Managing Partner of Booz Allen's Energy, Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals Practice, and was a member of Booz Allen's Board of Directors, and chaired its Personnel Committee.

Before joining Booz Allen, Mr. Pasternack was Associate Administrator for Policy and Program Evaluation at the Federal Energy Administration (predecessor to the Department of Energy) and staff director of the President's Energy Resources Council. He co-authored the Project Independence Report and National Energy Outlook issued by the President. He also was a staff member at the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President. He began his career as an aerospace engineer at General Electric Co.

Mr. Pasternack is co-author of The Centerless Corporation, published by Simon & Schuster and co-author of Results: How to Keep What's Good, Fix What's Wrong, and Unlock Great Performance, published 2005 by Crown Business of Random House. Mr. Pasternack has published many articles, including Yellow Light Leadership, in the Wall Street Journal, and The Passive-Aggressive Organization in the Harvard Business Review. He is a member of the Board of Directors at The American Council on Renewable Energy, and JMJ Consultants. He also has served on the Board of Special Olympics, the Board of the Bay Area Council, and the Western Region Advisory Board of Catalyst. He served on the Advisory Council of Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Accelrys, Codexis, and the San Francisco Mayor's Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee.

He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and his MSE in Systems Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He has three children and two grandchildren, and resides in Atherton, CA, with his wife, Lynne.

Member of The Cooper Union Board since 2005

Term ends: 2017

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